Take a trip to a private house
For a more authentic holiday why not stay in a privately owned property? By Jane Lovatt
Looking for an authentic holiday, staying in a well-located, privately owned apartment or house? Then visit www.housetrip.com, an engaging, easy-to-use website, where youll find a vast spectrum of worldwide properties with around 82,000 options to choose from.
Housetrip destinations range from Budapest to Bangkok, with rental options suitable for every budget. Choose a city apartment in Barcelona, a sunny flat in Lisbon or a secluded studio in Los Angeles.
The properties are owned by people who either have second houses or are renting out their homes while on holiday. Each one varies, so look carefully before you make your choice.
Book through the site and your host will then make contact by email to discuss picking up keys and to offer tips and local information to make your stay more enjoyable. Once youre through the door of your chosen bolt-hole, you can holiday like a local in your own space at your own pace.
● Go native and aim to buy food in markets to cook in your temporary home. Market cafés are marvellous, too. Rub shoulders with the locals as you eat cheap and delicious traditional dishes.
● If youve enjoyed your trip, consider signing up with Housetrip to rent out your own home while youre away.
Tip Ask your host to recommend a restaurant and book dinner there for your first night.
Prices start from £23 a night but for a swish, well-appointed flat in central London, expect to pay around £120 a night for somewhere that sleeps two to four people. Book through www.housetrip.com.